O’nigöëi:yo:h: Thinking in Indian is an exhibition of Hodinöhsö:ni’ artists celebrating 2022 as the 50th year of Indigenous Studies at the University at Buffalo.
At a time when the field of Native American and Indigenous Studies and Indigenous activism has blossomed, we look backward and forward to the seeding of intellectual traditions, seizing of territorial imaginings through meaningful actions, and the threading of our grounded relationality as we come together with a good mind. Work by artists from the Hodinöhsö:ni’ Confederacy – Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora – will be featured across the University at Buffalo in UB Art Galleries spaces. The exhibition will include artworks created from a wide range of media – digital data, mixed-media, black ash basketry, moose hair, glass beads, paint, and more. Each artwork is a demonstration of intergenerational knowledge with a 21st-century perspective.
The title of the exhibition is inspired by one of the founders of Native American Studies at the University at Buffalo, Dr. John Mohawk “Sotsisowah” (Seneca). Thinking in Indian A John Mohawk Reader is an Indigenous analysis of modern existence touching upon issues ranging from sovereignty to the coalescence of human wisdom. O’nigöëi:yo:h: Thinking in Indian presents a multi-generational perspective, centering the artist’s voices around questions of land and gender, visual language and action, and imagining Hodinöhsö:ni’ futures.
O’nigöëi:yo:h: Thinking in Indian speaks of Hodinöhsö:ni’ foundations of seeding, seizing territorial imaginings, and threading our relationships between the human and non-human in the first person with the intention to provoke and inspire as it reframes present discourses.
This exhibition is organized by UB Art Galleries with Margaret Jacobs (Akwesasne Mohawk), curatorial consultant, and guided by an advisory committee comprised of Dr. Mishuana Goeman (Tonawanda Band of Seneca), Professor of Gender Studies and American Indian Studies Interdepartmental Program, UCLA; Dr. Jolene Rickard (Tuscarora), Professor of the History of Art and Visual Studies and former Director of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program at Cornell University; and Laticia McNaughton (Mohawk), Ph.D. candidate in American Studies/Transnational Studies at the University at Buffalo. Special thanks to Dr. Theresa McCarthy (Onondaga) Interim Chair and Associate Professor in Indigenous Studies and Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence at the University of Buffalo and Dr. Gwendolyn Saul, Curator of Ethnography at the New York State Museum.
Support for the exhibition is provided in part by the Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional support is provided by the UB Department of Indigenous Studies, the New York State Museum, Albany; the Iroquois Museum, Howe’s Cave; and the Rockwell Museum, Corning.